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. >> reporter: pope benedict 16 says he will be quitting february 28, less than 8 years into his papacy. he said his strength has deteriorated the last couple months and he noted a lack of strength to fulfill his mission. the senior sa senior advisor sae noticed the pope slowing down. we watched pope john paul ii suffer through the last few years of his papacy. maybe he wanted to avoid that. the former cardinal joseph ratzinger was touched by the charges of child abuse in the catholic church. bill: what happens next on the dates that are aren't? >> reporter: he's leaving february 28, 8:00 p.m. local time in rome. that leaves that very important vacancy and sets up a conclave of cardinals. vatican says by mid-march at the latest. vatican says we should have a new pope by esther sunday march 31. pope benedict will not take part in the conclave. usually a conclave happens after a pope dies. 1415 was the last time a pope quit in office. who is the next pope? he could come from developing areas of the world. it guarantees a lot of drama and a lot of black or white smoke coming from the roof is sistin
on "andrea mitchell reports" live pictures from vatican city. where pope benedict xvi shocked the world today and some of his closest advisors announcing he will step down as the leader of the 1.2 billion roman catholics at the end of this month. he will be the first pontiff to abductate in 719 years. >> today signing a lack of strength. the pope said i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted me. reactions are pouring in. >> i think pope benedict xvi legacy is his engagement of faith with the modern world. >> i feel particular -- a particular bond with him and a note of sadness, to be honest with you. on the other hand, my appreciation for him, which was already high, is enhanced a bit because with the sense of realism that he has such an esteem for the office of the successor of st. peter, which is what the pope sshg the bishop of rome, the successor of st. peter, he says, you know, i may not be up to it now, and perhaps i can best serve jesus and his church and his people by stepping aside. i have to admire him. >> and here at home one day ahead of p
. >>> we do have breaking news this morning. shocking news, really. pope benedict xvi isresigning. a spokesman will not reveal way. fatigue and possibly declining health over the past year, but, again, no reason has been given. he became pope in 2005. you will remember, he had been joseph rat singer, cardinal, a major figure at the vatican for years before he became pope benedict. german born. been pope for nearly eight years. nearly eight years and this is just a major, major bit of news this morning. coming out of the vatican, again, cnn confirming the pope will step down on february 28th, which is just a little over two weeks from today. >> and no clear reason. we're trying to get more details to share those with you. this is shocking. this is shocking, absolutely shocking. we'll continue to watch the developments for you, folks. 6:00. the painstaking cleanup getting under way after a violent tornado ripped through mississippi tearing apart homes, businesses and even causing damage to a university campus. a storm chaser occasi e er -- l. capture these images. this is 100 miles
for just another money for 1.2 billion catholics across the globe. pope benedict xvi stunned virtually everyone announcing he will step down at the end of the month. in the catholic church, that sets off an elaborate and spiritual effort to fill one of the most prestigious jobs in the world. senior foreign affairs correspondent amy kellogg begins our coverage from rome. >> reporter: even to many insiders the announcement came at a shock. pope benedict said he no longer has the strength to lead the roman catholic church as it needs to be guided and he will step down on february 28. >> he is loved for the church such that he has concluded it will be better not to try to lead the huge flock. without the full strength. we pray for him. we pray for the church. >> i have always admired him as a scholar and priest and holy man. now the admiration for him is higher because of the humility. >> cardinal was the oldest to be chosen as pope. he had a tough act to follow in the wake of global adoration enjoyed by his predecessor, pope john paul ii. he rose to the occasion, travelling abroad, two do
>>> breaking news we have been telling you about. pope benedict xvi resigning february 28th. he is citing ill health. and uncertainty what that ill health will be. we're trying to get more details. unprecedented. >> hasn't happened in 600 years. so many questions. so much now that needs to happen with electing the new pope. we'll bring you the information coming up on "starting point" a few seconds from now. that's "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm sfwlor azoraida sambolin. "starting point" with soledad o'brien starts right now. >>> we begin with breaking news. pope benedict xvi resigning. age and fatigue are the reasons behind his resignation. here is what the statement reads in part "both strength of mind and body are necessary. strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." this tweet came from the pope's account 23 hours ago. we must trust in the mitty power of god's mercy. we are all sinners, but his grace transforms us and makes us new. this woul
to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted me. reactions are pouring in. >> i think pope benedict xvi legacy is his engagement of faith with the modern world. >> i feel particular -- a particular bond with him and a note of sadness, to be honest with you. on the other hand, my appreciation for him, which was already high, is enhanced a bit because with the sense of realism that he has such an esteem for the office of the successor of st. peter, which is what the pope sshg the bishop of rome, the successor of st. peter, he says, you know, i may not be up to it now, and perhaps i can best serve jesus and his church and his people by stepping aside. i have to admire him. >> and here at home one day ahead of president obama's state of the union address, vice president biden is meeting with law enforcement officials in philadelphia about reducing gun violence. while victims of gun violence, like former congresswoman gabby giffords, takes a stand. >> we have a problem where we shop, where we pray, where our children go to school. take it from me. congress must act. >> and this hour president obama
in modern times think resignation is acceptable or not. pope benedict said, in fact, made it very clear that being able to resign was acceptable and made this part of the statement released from the vatican, both strength of mind and body is necessary, and lots of questions, of course. we know the date he would be stepping down, which would be february 28th. many questions about why now? mep notice that the pope is much more frail in recent months, and the question would be unbelie unbelievably unusual. let's go to nic robertson joining us by phone. nic, lots of questions. nic live in london this morning. a bit of a stunner. was there any indication that this resignation was coming? >> absolutely none whatsoever, and the last few months, the pope started a twitter account, not what you expect the pope to do when he would say his pope is deteriorating. the pope has looked deep into his conscience, this is a personal and profound decision that he has made with god in light of the responsibilities he has. and the other thing we heard from the papal spokesperson, which is interesting, becau
benedict xvi stunned every this week by announcing he is resigning at the end of this month. we expect the cardinals to gather in mid-to late march to elect a new pope. our brian todd has a closer look now at who will run things in the meantime, and at the politics of picking the pope's successor. >> reporter: it is politics in overdrive, with the pope leaving february 28th, who will be in power at the vatican until a new pope is elected. there is a position, a right-hand man to the pope, who deals with finances and the managing tasks. it was portrayed as a master power broker. in real life, the title was held by the cardinal who also holds the powerful position of secretary of state, who in the vatican is like a prime minister. but experts say don't get the idea that bertoni is the stuff of movie legend. >> despite the job title and movies, he is not the best organizer? >> no, the joke in rome is he couldn't organize a one-man band, the number one criticism is they couldn't make the job run on time. >> reporter: the correspondent for the national catholic reporter newspaper says that
benedict xvi says he'll resign at the end of this month after only eight years as leader of the world's 1 billion roman catholics. he says it's because of his age and his health. and now the question being asked around the world, who will be the next pope? we're watching what's going on. we have several correspondents in rome. pope benedict's papacy has been marked by serious controversies, especially the sex abuse scandal and his prior role as the church's lead investigator personally handling every single case that made its way to the vatican. cnn's brian todd is working this part of the story for us. we're going to go to rome in just a few moments, but tell us what's going on. >> reporter: wolf, here at the basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception they were shocked as anyone. this is the spot where it was one the most talked about moments of his visit to the united states almost five years ago. the place where he addressed one of the biggest controversies of his tenure and there was certainly no shortage of those during his papacy. the scrutiny began before he even
priests to marry but critics felt pope benedict xvi was not progressive enough for the changing times, supporters saw a steadfast leader who helped anchor their faith. >> today, this sets the stage for the vatican to find the successor by mid-march. reporting live in washington if abc7 news. >> thank you. stay with abc7 for continuing coverage of the resignation of pope benedict xvi. you can fine the latest information at and we will tweet immediate updates on twitter at abc7 news bay area. >> waking up, again, dry and clear this morning but we want to look at the whole week to see if there is needed rain in the forecast. mike? >> we need some rain. need some snow. do not have it in the forecast. sorry to start off that way this morning but it means an easy week of commuting weather-wise. here is a look at live doppler 7 hd, you can see everything is very quiet, with no radar runs and very dry air. temperatures from the mid-30's inland to the upper 30's to mid-40's around the bay right now. almost as cool as it was yesterday. temperatures will be in the mid-to-upper 50's
>> announcer: news 4 midday starts now. >> a story that caught many by surprise. pope benedict will be stepping down at the end of the month. we'll look at what steps will be take en to replace the pontiff. good morning and welcome to news 4 midday. >> it's monday, february 11, 2013. we begin with the developing story from the vatican. pope benedict xvi announced this morning he'll step down as leader of the catholic church. nothing like this happened before in the modern mechanics of the church. angie, two obvious questions. why and what happens next? >> good morning to you. even with the answers we have people remain in shock over this announcement. he also gave his blessing in finding the next leader of the catholic church. leading the prayer this morning at the vatican, pope benedict xvi told a small group he's leaving at the end of the month. in a statement he says his strength due to his age has deteriorated making him unable to fulfill the demands of the position. the vatican said he's not leaving because of difficulties with the papacy. benedict is the first pontiff to
insiders and catholics around the world. pope benedict xvi been said it's time for someone physically stronger to leave the cat like church. >> reporter: the contest making this stunning announcement at a meeting with his cardinals. >> and he plans to retire at the end of themont. >> i'm shocked as much as you. >> reporter: even though he's aware of the seriousness of stepping down, he doesn't have the strength to carry out his papal duties saying, quote, both strength and mind and body are necessary. strength, which in the last few months, did tireiated in me. >> i always admired him as a scholar, as a priest, as a holy man. and now my admiration is higher because his humility. >> reporter: he's 85 years old, the first german pope in hundreds of years. elected in 2005, he succeeded john paul ii. there have been recent concerns about his health and he's needed help walking, but a vatican spokesperson insists he's not facing anything grave. the cardinals will elect his replacement and hope that can happen by holy week. >> they're looking for someone to preserve the court teachings of t
around the world. pope benedict is retiring. something a pope hasn't done for nearly 600 years. the 85-year-old cites age.and fatigue. it's not what the cardinals called together today had expected to hear from their pope. benedict the 16th - saying he's just not up to the job anymore and is stepping down feb. 28th. the pope's brother says benedict actually made the decision nearly a year ago. after trips to mexico and cuba. he's nearly 86 and seems increasingly frail. still - a pope retiring is almost unheard of -- this is the last man to do it -- gregory the 12th - in 1415. benedict became pope in 2005.succeeding john paul the second. he may be worn down in part by controversy. almost from the start - he's been criticized for being part of the church hierarchy more worried about its reputation than the sexual abuse of children. as a german bishop in the 80's - he directly helped shield a priest who had abused children. and in 2001 - as a cardinal put in charge of dealing with the growing controversy - he wrote a letter ordering u.s. bishops - under pain of excommunication - to never
is pope benedict's last ash wednesday mass before he steps down at the end of the month. why his move is uncharted territory for the vatican and the questions leaders will need to answer for catholics. >> okay, cate. a stranded cruise ship finally on the move from sleeping on deck to fighting for food. the filthy conditions passengers are now enduring. akes effect at the end of this month.. here's a live look at the vatican. k-p-i-x five's cate cauguiran is at st. mary's catherdral in san fran oday's >>> welcome back. pope benedict's historic resignation takes effect at the end of the month. this is vatican city. a lot of people are gathering outside st. peter's basilica. kpix 5's cate caugiran is at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco with more on today's mass. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it's benedict's last ash wednesday mass as pope. it's the beginning of the solemn lengthen season for catholics today. as parishioners here at st. mary's cathedral show up for mass, there are sill a lot of un-- still a lot of unanswered questions in t
. >>> thank you, guys. a stunner in the catholic church. benedict is the first pope in 600 years to leave on his own will. so the question is, who's next? i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. he says he wants revenge on the lapd. now as this ex-cop remains on the run, police announce they're looking into his firing. >>> plus, yet another navy s.e.a.l. breaks his silence about the raid that killed osama bin laden. but this time, it's the guy who shot the world's most wanted terrorist. my panel weighs in. >>> and -- ♪ some nights i call >> they are arguably the hottest band in music right now. do you still feel like you're dreaming or has it hit you, your success? >> and you will hear my behind the scenes chat with grammy winners fun. [ lisa ] my name's lisa, and chantix helped me quit. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. it put me at ease that you could smoke on the first week. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior, thin
the final brief appearance there. and the final end to the benedict papacy comes four hours from now when the doors of gandolfo close and they leave. let's go down to keir simmons covering it all for us. kear, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning, the saints looking down on the square have not seen a day like this in medieval times. in the papal palace, over my shoulder here, the pope, as you say, has been meeting were his cardinals, tells them, i'll be with you in prayer. dawn across rome. this city has seen more than 260 pontiffs, only two popes passed in the last thousand years have left like this. the cardinals, princes of the church, gathered this morning for a warm farewell to pope benedict. some cardinals wants to speak to him for as long as possible. pope benedict will resign just after sunset. this home, this beautiful summer palace, quiet after a frantzic few weeks. >> at 8:00 exactly, he will stop being pope, the swiss guards who stand guard outside the palace and he'll go. >> reporter: rough seas he admitted yesterday and now the task begins of choosin
the world. pope benedict xvi stepping down at the end of the month. he says because of his advanced age. he's no longer able to handle the demands of being pope. the last pope to resign was way back in 1415, i will have much more of what happens next. and what is ahead for the catholic church. >>> and former navy s.e.a.l. who reportedly fired the shot that killed osama bin laden, he says he has no pension, no medical insurance, according to an article in esquire magazine, the man known only as the soter packed a train to protect his family from al qaeda terrorists seeking revenge. i will talk with investigative reporter who talked to that navy s.e.a.l. in a few minutes. and the u.s. coast guard coming down to the rescue to help a cruise strip stranded in the gulf of mexico. more than 4200 passengers and crew all stuck on a carnival cruise line try ump that is getting as can you imagine a little funky, a little uncomfortable. a woman on board tells us that the toilets not working any more. a fire broke out on the ship yesterday, and was headed back to texas. that ship will be towed to the ne
, brian. >>> overseas now. six days from now pope benedict will step down. then it will be time for the cardinals to elect a new pope, and some american cardinals who will be heading to the conclave suddenly find themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. nbc's anne thompson with us tonight, once again from the vatican with this story. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. as pope benedict finishes his lenten retreat, the vatican is preparing for this historic transition. with many questions, such as who will lead the church, far from answered. a week before pope benedict retires, and there is still no clear front-runner to succeed him. however, there is a long shot. new york's cardinal timothy dolan. >> i'll do anything to get you guys in church. >> reporter: praised in catholic circles for his persona. his efforts to revitalize the church and fighting the obama administration's contraception coverage mandate. but this week, dolan was deposed about how he dealt with abusive priests as archbishop of milwaukee. what impact is this going to have on card
. >>> this was a bittersweet day at the vatican as pope benedict xvi made his final sunday appearance as the church faced new allegations of wrongdoing. nbc's anne thompson is at the vatican for us again tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. today's events, you can see both the strengths and weaknesses of the catholic church, the exuberant energy and faith in the massive crowd gathered here, and the new charges of abuse that continue to haunt this institution. today, the world came to st. peter's square for pope benedict's final sunday blessing. part pep rally. part prayer service. just being in the crowd of 1,000 was a learning experience for these american students. >> that the faith has no national boundaries and political interests. >> reporter: the object of their affection and gratitude, the 85-year-old pontiff. he told the crowd he is not abandoning the church but answering god's call to more prayer and meditation, more appropriate for his age and strength. yet even in this joyful square, the scandals that marked his papacy were on the minds of some. >> i think he has done an
of men who have been appointed by either benedict or john paul ii. so they're like-mended men. >> reporter: american catholics still make up the largest religious denomination in this country. but many believe if it wasn't for immigration from asia and latin america, their numbers would be on the decline. so will a new pope be able to change this course? that certainly is the question on the minds of many of the faithful. cecilia vega, abc news, san francisco. >> some say it's divine intervention. take a look at this lightning strike at the vatican. it touched the top of st. peter's basilica. and it got the attention of new york's archbishop during an interview with diane sawyer. >> have you seen these pictures today? >> no, what is this about? >> they say this happened today. >> wow! is that not something? boy, oh boy. a lot of pasta overcooked with this lightning strike. can you believe it at st. peter's? boy, another apt image. >> cardinal dolan will be among those choosing the next pope. here's something interesting. the cardinals are cut off from the entire world when the
benedict has pacemaker in his heart long before being elected as pope back in 2005. months ago, we now know he had surgery to replace the pacemaker batteries, an operation that was conducted in absolute secrecy. vatican says it was routine. the shock waves continue to reverberate for catholics around the world and a lot of folks seem to have the same reaction, even if it's something the world hasn't seen in six centuries. >> i shows what a truly humble servant. he loved our church so much, he didn't let pride get in the way. >> probably we're in the right times and listen to the catholic church and new generation of catholics. >> its demanding job. it takes a special person at that age to handle the day to day and far reaching plans of the church. >> i appreciated the word father smith used, retiring. when you can't do the job, hand it over. >> retiring is something we have never thought of but his retirement years, vatican says he will be moved in the vatican owned villa, a monastery where crews are working on renovations. a handful of people at the vatican knew it was going to be the pope
that your family eats. that's coming up as well. >>> we begin in vatican city where pope benedict xvi is spending his last full day as pope. he delivered his last speech. tens and thousands of people gathered in st. peter's square to hear what he had to say. >> recalling moments of joy and light during his last eight years leading the church but he said there were difficult times as well, which he said, quote, seemed like the lord was sleeping. >> the pope also talked about his resignation, calling it a tough decision to make. >> i continue with my prayers and ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope. >> after the speech, the pope greeted crowds at his popemobile. of course, they are going to take a chopper to the papal summer residence outside the city of rome. >> christiane amanpour is joining us. details about how the pope will live his life out. pretty fascinating. we' we're. >> reporter: you're absolutely right. we are on unchartered waters. the last time this happened was 600 years ago. pope benedict xvi after tomorrow, a new pope elected sometime we can expect before
, will continue to update you on this developing story throughout the newscast. >> pope benedict xvi will celebrate ash wednesday mass at the vatican tomorrow. it will be his last public appearance before the pontiff steps down at the end of the month. danielle nottingham reports for wjz have the vatican. >> reporter: the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating about who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity in the catholic church. >> i think it will be good to have a black pope. >> i'm from venezuela. and we hope to get a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they are from, as long as they're open thelogically to opening many -- welcoming as many people into the church as possible. >> reporter: cardinal could be the first black pope. cardinal armelino. and scolia one of the strongest european candidates. pope benedict is stepping down because the 85-year-old said he no longer has the physical or mental strength to lead. >> reporter: the vatican just disclosed that pope benedict
are getting word from a wire service that apparently pope benedict the 16th is about to resign. if you go back a year ago when he turned 85, there was some speculation that he might call it quits because of his declining health. there has been no additional update on why the pope is going to resign, but nonetheless the story is out there. we've got reporters on it. and as soon as we know why, we will share that with you. >>gretchen: that will be huge news obviously, so we'll keep you posted. let's go to the other top story which is the extreme weather alert. now we're talking about down south. a massive tornado caught on camera ripping through the heart of has -- hattiesburg, mississippi. >> happening right outside my hotel. check this out. look at that. >>gretchen: the devastating twister leaving at least 4,200 people without power. >> dude, that's insane. >> oh my! >> it's about to hit sam's. >>gretchen: as the tornado traveled down the main street, it mangled homes, businesses and several buildings on the campus of the university of southern mississippi. >> i saw it right around, as it was
that came out yesterday, that pope benedict is resigning at the end of the month. at age 85, the pope says he does not have the strength to carry out his duties any longer. >> the surprising decision has far-reaching imply faces for the millions of catholics around the world. abc's nick schifrin reports from vatican city. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. pope benedict is a shy leader but a reminder of the man they used to call god's rottweiller. unpredictabili unpredictability, unprecedented and it might just guarantee his legacy. at 85, he's silver haired and cerebral and says he simply can't keep up. pope benedict xvi told his cardinals he had become so infirm, "i've had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." in the last year, benedict grew increasingly frail. >> he certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. >> reporter: but the german pope never slowed down. putting the church on an orthodox path. he opposed homosexuality and female priests. he trie
on this breaking story. >>> there is more information about the sudden resignation of pope benedict xvi. the pontiff said he is stepping aside because he does not have the strength of mind or body. catholic officials hope to elect a news pope before easter. danielle nottingham has the latest from the vatican. >> reporter: the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating about who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity in the catholic church. >> perhaps it will be good to have a black pope. >> i'm have south america, from venezuela, and we hope to get a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they're from, as long as they're wel open thelogically to welcoming in as many people into the church as possible. >> reporter: names are surfacing. cardinal peter turkson from ghana, could be the first black pope. cardinal sand ri of argentina is considered the top candidate from latin america. and andrew skoala is considered one of the strongest european candidates. pope benedict is stepping down bec
: see you tomorrow. bill: it is a day of history truly. in less than two hours pope benedict xvi departs the vatican as pope for the last time, a remarkable event that has not happened in some 600 years. long before cable. good morning, everybody we'll watch this together. i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom." lovely color. martha: lovely scene there in rome. it is incredible to watch. good morning, everybody. i'm martha. the pope is expected to depart the papal residence today. he will get on a helicopter. that will happen 11:00 our time. you will see it here on "america's newsroom". bill: the pontiff holding a final audience with the cardinals, the church leaders that will choose his successor from among their own ranks. his holiness sharing a brief, private moment with each one of the cardinals. he will stand behind their choice as he prays for them and the next pope in the coming days. >> translator: among you in the college of cardinals, there is the future pope to whom already today i promise my unconditional reference and obedience. for all this with love and gratefuln
. susan mcginnis, cbs news, capitol hill. >>> coming up on kpix 5, today is pope benedict's last ash wednesday mass before he steps down next month. why his move is uncharted territory for the vatican and the questions that leaders will have to answer for parishioners. >> plus, thousands expected it walk across the new bay bridge. now we know just how much that big bash is going to cost commuters. [ whirring ] [ creaking ] [ male announcer ] trophies and awards lift you up. but they can also hold you back. unless you ask, what's next? [ zapping ] [ clang ] this is the next level of performance. the next level of innovation. the next rx. the f sport. this is the pursuit of perfection. you score little victories every day. now you can do it with dinner. introducing land o'lakes® sauté express®. the all-in-one sauté starter with butter, olive oil, herbs and spices... so dinner really sizzles. it's one step, no prep. and so good, they'll ask for more. and that little victory is a pretty big deal. land o'lakes® sauté express®. find it in the dairy aisle. thi
pope benedict reassured roman catholics that will continue to serve god when he enters retirement on thursday. but as that transition gets under way, allen pizzey reports a new vatican scandal has emerged. >> benedict used his final sunday blessing to assure the estimated 100,000 people in st. peter's square that he wasn't abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pope said we would continue to serve but in a way more suitable to my age and my strengths. the crises that sapped his strength continue to swirl even as benedict goes into what he calls a new life of prayer and meditation. >> in the name of the father. >> three priests of the former cleric have claimed that cardinal keith o'brien of scotland engage in the inappropriate contact with them 30 years ago. their charges were sent to the 1r59 can a week before the prepare resigned. the myriad scandals in the church didn't worry elizabeth warbl of st. paul minnesota. >> it's in god's hands. the holy spirit has been with the church for 2,000 years, i don't think it will crumbable in a year. >> kenneth sympathized with benedict. >>
. a final farewell to the faithful. pope benedict xvi addressing an enormous crowd in morning in st. peter's square for his final time. we say good morning you. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom". martha: good to see you, bill. i'm martha maccallum. what a emotional and historic moment we saw play out today. it has been 600 years since the last time a pope made this decision to step down. more than 150,000 people filed into st. peter's square to be part of this moment to witness it live. pope benedict going along in the pope mobile there. he blessed some of the children in attendance. there is some of that. boy, a lot to unfold. bill: over the next 24 hours, martha, he will be a former pope. 8:00 local time tomorrow on thursday, the pontiff taking, look at those pictures. reflecting on the big moment as his life and his church enter uncharted waters. >> translator: the words that resonated in my heart have been, lord, why are you asking me? it is a great burden that you have placed on my shoulders. but if you ask me, i will accept. certain that you will guide me, even with al
at the vatican to choose a successor to pope benedict. and tonight, a cbs reporter shows us, there are new hints of scandal clouded of pope's final days. >> in a final address today, benedict thanked church officials for helping him bear the weight. the italian media has been riddled with alleged scandals, including the existence of a gay lobby of homosexual priests within the church high . the latest stories are centered on an investigation by three cardinals into the scandal that resulted in the conviction of the pope's butler for stealing secret documents. today, the vatican issued a blast of defusion of news that is often unverified, unverifyable and false, with serious damage to people and institutions. the main concern seems to be the effect the news could have on the cardinals when they enter the conclave to choose the next pope. scottland's cardinal summed it up this way. >> knowing the person who might choose will be assuming increasi heavy responsibilities, not just for the roman catholic church, but for itself. >> benedict remains busy with the responsibility of fare well. today i
for cocoanuts has failed to bear fruit for indonesia as farmers. pope benedict xvi is making his final appearance in st. peter's square as the roman catholic pope -- his final appearance in at st. peter's square. he is the first pope in 600 years to resign. >> in these recent months, i felt my weakening strength. i prayed and asked for in light meant to make the right decision for the good of the church. >> barbara, amid the huge outpouring of affection from the faithful gathered there. >> absolutely. a lot of people have turned out to say goodbye to pope benedict xvi. 50,000 tickets were sold. it is more likely that there are about 150,000 people around the vatican and the main road that leads to it. people are still walking towards st. peter's square, but they're being redirected to other parts around the square where there are big screens where they can watch the pope. nothing compared to the figures of the people we saw for the funeral of john paul back in 2005. that was a funeral and this is a different time in the church. the pope is driving through st. peter's square to wave to
t you just sit around and wave? how well he be remembered? lets just see he's no pope benedict xv. >> remember when he waved to this group of people and that group of people? that was a glorious day. remember when he made that full court shot at the buzzer to beat central? that was a miracle. the announcement has taken the internet by tomorrow. hilarious tweets have been posted like this one that says if you'd like to throw your hat into the ring to be the next pope, make sure it's a tall one. there are tons more. this is the first time pope has trended on twitter since the grammys. the new hope, selected in a top secret ceremony at the vatican. we know it will be hosted by ryan seacrest. i would love to be considered. i have ample experience lying around in robes and being irrelevant. i'm sorry, that was in appropriate. i'm done talking now. >> someone is always in our war room. check us out on line at, rules. link up and check out our exclusive web i canes. thanks for joining us. have a great night. welcome to the "the young turks." well, it looks like we're g
, of course, but nobody has done it since 13th century. well, the pope benedict xvi said it two years ago. if i feel like my strength or he kept it general, if a pope doesn't have the strength to carry on to perform his duties, it is very important duties for the 1.2 billion catholics around the world, he should step down. it's something that nobody's even considered in modern times. even john paul 2 who was much more ill or much more tired looking and ill, of course. he was very ill than pope benedict xvi looks and he said i had enough of this and just going to retire and read and live a spiritual life until the end and leave it with somebody younger and stamina. who that guy or pope will be, we don't know yet. we'll know soon. >> all right. thank you very much, claudio. let's bring in nbc news vatican analyst george wigle and father thomas at georgetown university. gentlemen, thank you so much for joining us. george, you have been on air all pretty much throughout the day. your initial reaction to this news, especially knowing what the pope said two years ago? >> i wasn't surprised at t
you open an account. >>> this was a bittersweet day at the vatican as pope benedict xvi made his final sunday appearance and the church faced new allegations of wrong doing. nbc's ann thompson is at the vatican for us tonight. ann, good evening. >> good evening, lester. people packed st. peters square today to say good-bye to pope benedict. he told the crowd that by retiring he was not abandoning the church, but, rather, that god had called him to a life of more prayer and meditation. the crowd, in turn, in song and with signs and in many different languages said thank you to the 85-year-old pontiff. as that was happening, there were new charges. there were charges being brought against a scottish cardinal, one of the men that will vote for the new pope, three priests and one young priest accused him of inappropriate behavior. lester. >> ann thompson in rome tonight. thank you. >>> that's "nbc nightly news" for this sunday. i'll see you short loyel
point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. pope benedict and his final public farewell. 1.2 billion catholics, making his last public appearance in st. peter's square, telling tens of thousands of followers his decision to step down comes with a deep peace of mind. >> translator: i have taken this step in full awareness of the gravity, seriousness and a profound serenity in my soul. >> chief international correspondent christiane amanpour joins us live from rome this morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. pilgrims streaming out of st. peter's square behind me, where they gathered several hours ago for the final public audience by pope benedict xvi. he did something rather unprecedented for these what are weekly audiences. he toured around the square in his pope mobile and tens of thousands of people inside the square got a first-hand look at him. lots of waving, lots of cheering, and he delivered his blessing and talked about what it maend to take the step, you just heard him say he understood the enormity of this, the gravity of it, and the novelty of it, this is in
. pope benedict xvi is stepping down as pontiff at the end this of month. tonight one french cardinal calls the move liberating for future popes. benedict is 85 years old and says he doesn't have the strength of mind and body needed to continue. the vatican says there is no specific health problem forcing him to step down. while a small group around the pope knew the announcement was coming it was a complete surprise for most of the church including washington's archbishop cardinal donald worrell. >> very startling. i was totally unprepared for it. the second reaction was, we're going to have to now think a little differently. >> cardinal worrell talking about the selection of the new pope while the former pope still lives. when exactly that will happen, still up in the air. tonight catholics have a lot of questions about the church's future and about what to expect from the next pontiff. jim rosenfield is live at the basilica of the national shrine with more on the story. >> doreen, some candid talk from the pulpit here during evening mass where leaders are as curious as followers ab
benedict xvi announced the historic resignation. >> he'll go from wearing a robe all day to wearing a robe all day. >>> president obama will announce a year from today, the united states will have 34,000 fewer troops in afghanistan. >>> all that -- >> the westminster dog show is back. >> to keep mice from overrunning their mistress's boudoirs. >> top ten questions on the application to become a "sports illustrated" swimsuit model. >> how would brent musburger describe you. >> >> clint's son colin stole the show. >> colinkohl pope benedict xvi announced his resignation. >> what will he do for work? he could become the walmart greeter. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." north korea defied the country again, the foreign ministry is threatening measures of greater ear intensity. >> bill plante confirmed president obama will discuss the during nuclear test during his state ofnion add the union tonight, the president will say it merely isolates north korea even more.t the north says it tested a de lighter miniaturized nuclear device underground. marga
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